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Speculation About the KHL Plane Crash

From Russia Today:

The Yak-42 that crashed near Yaroslavl taking 44 lives last week was in proper mechanical condition and the latest repairs were done to all requirements, the transport prosecution has ruled. Pilot error is the most likely cause of the tragic crash.

The last scheduled service of the plane was in August, during which the right engine was replaced and all other defects were reportedly eliminated. All these repairs were certified and correspond to requirements informed the transport prosecution.

The company that provided technical maintenance of the Yakovlev Yak-42 aircraft was inspected by experts from the Russian transport prosecution.


For more reading, a writer at the Digital Journal provides speculation on other possible causes and notes that passenger Pavel Trakhanov was using his cell phone during takeoff (as noted in this other, Russia Today story). You can read the DJ article here, and it also links to some other info on cell phone use and its dangers during takeoffs/landings.  However, no one official—that we know of—has alleged it is a factor in this particular disaster.

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  Tags: khl, lokomotiv, yaroslavl



It’s always easy to blame the pilot when he’s dead too.

Posted by Chantel Cummings on 09/12/11 at 06:55 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Pilot error…B.S!
Cell Phone…B.S.

It will be SO convenient for the KHL and Russia to find pilot error.
“See, hockey players, you have nothing to worry about”

Do not believe it.

Posted by w2j2 on 09/13/11 at 12:24 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

American pilots make errors; why wouldn’t we expect that Russian pilots do too?

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 09/13/11 at 12:38 PM ET

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